Treating Bruxism and TMJ Disorder
Bruxism is the clinical term for habitually grinding your teeth. You might not even realize how often it occurs. TMJ disorder (temporomandibular joint disorder) can describe any of various dysfunctions in your jaw’s large joints that make it difficult for your jaw to move. Left untreated, bruxism can lead to increasingly more severe tooth and bite damage. Likewise, TMJ disorder can lead to increasingly more severe discomfort and difficulty biting and chewing.
What to Expect
For many patients, the root cause of bruxism and TMJ disorder is an imbalance in their bite, such as crooked teeth, or excessive stress that places undue pressure on the jaw. For mild to moderate cases, Dr. George can often design a custom-made oral appliance to protect teeth from grinding and/or to hold the lower jaw in a more comfortable and properly-aligned position.
By treating bruxism and TMJ disorder as early as possible, you can avoid having to restore worn down or damaged teeth, and the wide variety of TMJ disorder symptoms, including chronic headaches, jaw and facial pain, and more.